Parking Available at Riley St. Lot for EA Street Festival & Sidewalk Sale This Saturday!
Special thanks to Fisher-Price for use of their Riley Street lot at the corner of Girard Avenue and Riley this Saturday for the Annual East Aurora Street Festival and Sidewalk Sale. The lot will be open at 7am for vendors and visitors to the July 28th event.
Stop and visit over 100 vendors on the closed portion of Main St. between Olean Rd. and Riley St. from 9am to 4pm.
For further information contact the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce at 716-652-8444.
CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP SURVEY REFLECTS MEMBER UNDERSTANDING OF
THE VALUE OF CHAMBER SERVICES
In mid-May the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce distributed a membership survey to its 450 members looking for feedback on its services and the challenges of the current business climate.
The 15 question survey included, “Why is membership with the GEACC important to your business?”, “What is the biggest challenge or concern facing your business at this time?” and “Is your Chamber membership a good value to your business?”
During the following 2 weeks 153 responses were received through Survey Monkey.
To the question “Is your Chamber membership of good value to your business?” 92% Agreed or Strongly Agreed.
The 4 biggest challenges faced by responding businesses were: Obtaining New Customers 30%, Hiring Qualified Candidates 19%, Payroll Taxes 14% and Government Regulations 13%.
The significant thread throughout the majority of responses is that Chamber members value the connection and relationships made with other Chamber members the most.
Among the Chamber’s priorities are partnering with area businesses and Visit Buffalo Niagara to drive tourism traffic for merchants and leading collaborations between businesses and our local school districts to address workforce development needs.
The Chamber board of directors is continuing to evaluate these responses and the many comments received and will reach back out to members who had questions or wanted to be contacted by a Chamber representative.
The Chamber will then use this information as it continues to meet members’ needs and while also continuing its work in playing a significant role in helping to shape the growth of the Greater East Aurora community.
Chamber Meetings Continue to Connect Local Businesses!
If you weren’t at the Roycroft Inn for the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce’s Business Tourism Council meeting this morning (6/21), you missed a very informative and energizing get together.
There was a strong turnout to hear presentations by developer Todd Stine, new owner of 649 Main St. (the former First Niagara Bank) and John Cimperman, owner of 42 North.
Mr. Stine talked about his plans for developing his property into a 9 room Air B’nB and an events center featuring the former bank’s unique architecture.
Mr. Cimperman discussed the planning and concept for the Borderland Festival at Knox Farm State Park September 22nd and 23rd. The festival will feature nationally recognized bands on 3 stages along with local artisans, craft beers and foods and more.
In addition, group discussion centered on area activities and events, tourism promotion and local business updates!
Our goal as a Chamber is to provide opportunities for our members to grow by creating an environment for them to be more successful.
The only way to help ensure that this happens is for our members to take advantage of and become involved in the offerings, programs and activities that the Chamber makes available & are already included in your membership.
As a member you have the ability to reach our very broad network of businesses, community partners and the general consumer market through targeted events and programs to consumers throughout WNY.
Claim your member listing on the Chamber website – www.eanycc.com – and by creating your own “mini-website” on our site, you increase your business’ visibility and Search Engine Optimization!
Business Referrals are an important part of what we do in answering 6,000 requests for information annually through phone calls, emails, regular post office mail and visitors who walk through the door. We only refer members.
Great networking opportunities through our networking group and through our many other events, programs & meetings.
We share your social media postings on Facebook to help spread the word about your business. Like us on FB.
Submit a business profile/bio or other interesting information on your business i.e. special sales or promotions, special event, employee highlight, etc. in our newsletter that goes out twice a month. There is no limit to the number of submissions you can make in reaching our 500 member business network.
Thousands of visitors walk through our doors annually. Display your business information/business cards at the Chamber’s visitor’s center at no cost. There is an opportunity to be a featured business on our information display center through Profile Display. There is a cost for this service.
Your business listing in our membership directory/consumer guide reaching over 6,000 potential customers in addition to your business listing on the Chamber’s website for access to your information 24/7 with the potential to reach thousands more customers. Business display ads are also available on our website & app.
Become a sponsor for one or more of our featured events. Meet with us and let’s see what event best fits your goals.
Participating in our gift certificate program ensures $20,000+ worth of gift certificate purchases annually are spent locally with our Chamber members. You should be one of them.
If you’re a new business or considering a “re-grand opening” we can help you set up your ribbon cutting event and even provide the large scissors.
On Tuesday, April 24th the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce will be recognizing 40 high school seniors at its 21st Annual Chamber’s Choice Awards at the Holland Willows Restaurant.
The students, 10 each, from East Aurora, Holland and Iroquois high schools and the BOCES Ormsby Educational Center were selected for one or more of the following qualities – Work Ethic, Community Service, Peer Leadership, Character Development and Personal Growth, Communication Skills, Spirit of Entrepreneurship, School Citizenship, Perseverance, Career Preparation and Commitment and Demonstrated Creativity. The students being recognized are:
Mary Dunbar William Anderson
Caelan Kavcic Maryalice Ball
Emmalee Lowe Mallory Drews
Lucas McClaren Riley Jones
Madeleine McLaughlin Jacob Ostrowski
Madeline Nemec Joshua Ratajczak
Emma Oar Karolyn Schmidt
Daniel Philips Haley Shanahan
Victoria Prusak Emily Stock
Ronnie Youngman Kalei Winter
Daniel Baker Nicholas Ball
Sela Bove Emma Cassidy
Abigayle Greier Marilyn Deni
Evan Herbold Rebecca Dollman
Raven Kirsch Alexandra Gerbracht
Sarah Mertzlufft Cassandra Lesinski
Tyler Tait Tyler Phillips
James Tokasz Emily Rogers
Eleanor Tucker Michaela Webber
Alex Wozniak Corney Wiedemann
The event is coordinated by the Chamber’s Business Education Alliance comprised of educators and business representatives working to strengthen the partnership between our schools and businesses.
The key note speaker for the evening will be Melissa Lauricella, Human Resources Supervisor for Astronics, Inc.
Special thanks to Tops Markets as Head of the Class sponsor and the other additional 39 supporting businesses coming together to recognize these 40 students.
The event is open to the public. Dinner tickets are $20.00 per person.
For further information and reservations contact the Chamber office at 652-8444.
SCORE Seminar Introduces Potential Business Owners to Preparing for Starting & Managing Their Own Business!
Starting a business is a very difficult thing to do!
Since the Greater East Aurora Chamber partnered with SCORE and the Southside Commerce Center in opening a SCORE office in the Village of East Aurora in January, things have been moving forward very well in an effort to help people thinking of opening a business make the transition successfully.
SCORE mentors have been meeting on a fairly regular basis with people interested in opening businesses and with current business owners who may be facing a challenge in their business.
This past Saturday, March 24th, SCORE offered an all-day seminar to 40 potential business owners which covered topics such as business plan development, determining your market, developing a marketing plan and how to conduct market research. In addition, business law, finances & taxes, and business insurance were discussed providing attendees with a very thorough overview of factors to consider when starting a business.
The SCORE mentorship team works to help these entrepreneurs to start off on the right foot! All services are free.
Regular office hours for SCORE mentors are Tuesday & Thursday from 4 – 7pm or by appointment at the 300 Gleed Ave. office. Check out www.BuffaloNiagaraScore.org for additional information.